Sometimes a treatment plan requires more than traditional medicine to help your pet feel better. That’s why the team at Grey Bruce Pet Hospital offers complementary therapies such as acupuncture, tui-na (Chinese massage), Chinese herbal medicine, and spinal manipulation (chiropractic) work.

Acupuncture works by using therapeutic effects of needling. The needles activate nerve fibers by the point of insertion. These stimuli then bring changes that help to balance nerve signaling and neurotransmitter activity from the periphery of the central nervous system and the autonomic system (glandular activity, immune status, digestion, mood, and more). Acupuncture also helps release tension from the muscles and enveloping fibrous network called “fascia.”

The benefits of veterinary acupuncture

Acupuncture can be used in conjunction with other therapies to treat a variety of medical conditions, including:

  • Nausea, decreased appetite, and other gastrointestinal problems caused by metabolic diseases and cancers
  • Pain and inflammation due to degenerative joint disease, traumatic injuries, or intervertebral disc disease
  • Skin conditions
  • Respiratory problems associated with feline asthma

Pets who undergo acupuncture may experience:

  • Decreased inflammation
  • Improved circulation
  • Pain relief due to a release of hormones
  • Relief of muscle spasms
  • Nerve stimulation

Potential side effects of veterinary acupuncture

After an acupuncture treatment, the physiological changes can cause your pet’s health condition to seem worse for up to 48 hours before improvement begins. And, some pets may experience drowsiness or lethargy for the first day after an acupuncture treatment.

Think your pet could benefit from acupuncture? Call our office to learn more and schedule an appointment.

Have questions?

Don’t hesitate to contact us today!